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Sunglasses vs. Goggles

post #1 of 18
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I know they're both available in UV protectant etc.. So other than glasses letting in side light there shouldn't be much of a difference there.

However I have a 4 year old headstrong son that I have going for the first time this year. My concern is that he normally doesn't want anything at all over his eyes sunglasses or goggles. Knowledge comming from riding my quad.

Is there a benefit to one or the other on getting them to put them on and keep them on? Or anyone that has experience in trying them both and seeing one work better over the other.

Hope I can figgure something out without having to resort to bailing wire and duct tape.
post #2 of 18
Well, he has to wear one or the other - particularly at that age, when everything is so sensitive. If that means duct tape and a blindfold go for it!

But it may help to point out the cool kids on the block ... they'll all be wearing goggles, whether they need to or not. I prefer sunglasses but then I'm an old fart.

Every cool kid will be in goggles. But at four, what's cool is whatever he likes. However: want to play in the snow, son? Put these on. No wear, no play.
post #3 of 18
Some of us played in the snow at age 4 without eye protection and live to tell about it.

Play the reverse psych on him. Ask him if he wants to wear goggles tomorrow. If he says yes, take him skiing. If no, get him a baby sitter and say "Well, I'm going to go wear goggles now, see you when I get back."
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by catdaddyxx View Post
I know they're both available in UV protectant etc.. So other than glasses letting in side light there shouldn't be much of a difference there.

However I have a 4 year old headstrong son that I have going for the first time this year. My concern is that he normally doesn't want anything at all over his eyes sunglasses or goggles. Knowledge comming from riding my quad.

Is there a benefit to one or the other on getting them to put them on and keep them on? Or anyone that has experience in trying them both and seeing one work better over the other.

Hope I can figgure something out without having to resort to bailing wire and duct tape.
Goggle attached to a helmet so they cant be lost if he throws a fit. so yes goggles are superior to sunglass in so many ways for young childern.

mostly likely a good instructor will find a way so he wants to wear them and isnt forced to wear them. It could be as simple as saying we re going to be astronauts today and all astronauts have to wear their goggles out in space. just a simple example but I am sure the if the instructor is any good at all this will be a non issue.

forcing kids to do something they dont want to do is rarely an acceptable answer, convincing them even if it in a way is 'tricking' them is alot more pleasant for all involved parties.
post #5 of 18
Googles are safer than glasses. A friend once face planted and when I got to her the snow was very red. The frames opened up a rather large gash from the bridge of the nose extending along the top of the eyebrow. MANY stiches later (and still a scar to this day) she now is a GOGGLE convert.

Just say'n
post #6 of 18
The whole thing comes down to UV protection, wind and weather protection and visibility. A 4-year old may understand about sunburn on their eyes so we need to wear sunglasses or goggles, and if its snowing, the reason for goggles will hit him right in the eye. Keep it simple and don't get into a battle over it. If you're lucky with a young child, you will get a couple hours of skiing in, probably less. I would not fight over the goggles, but take them along or clip to the helmet. When he is ready, he will wear them. You are not at much risk unless skiing in the spring when UV rays can be pretty severe.

Let him decide its a good idea. You only need to make them available.
post #7 of 18
Goggles for sure! More protection and less likely to fall off. Like most kids they want what the other kids have and they're all wearing goggles. My son won't take his off, he thinks there cool!
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Some of us played in the snow at age 4 without eye protection and live to tell about it.

Play the reverse psych on him. Ask him if he wants to wear goggles tomorrow. If he says yes, take him skiing. If no, get him a baby sitter and say "Well, I'm going to go wear goggles now, see you when I get back."
No doubt about that. We lived, but depending on genetic makeup, general health, diet choices, etc...we will get cataracts and macular degeneration sooner than we would have if we were more preventative in terms of ocular UV exposure.

The trouble with the young eye is that the lens of the eye absorbs very little UV, hence lots getting to the retina and increasing toxic physiology. Luckily, as we age and our lens gets more opaque, it absorbs more UV and less gets to the retina. If you can call that lucky, since that UV is speeding up cataract formation as well..

Just get the goggles on.
Greg
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Some of us played in the snow at age 4 without eye protection and live to tell about it.

Play the reverse psych on him. Ask him if he wants to wear goggles tomorrow. If he says yes, take him skiing. If no, get him a baby sitter and say "Well, I'm going to go wear goggles now, see you when I get back."
How old are you????
post #10 of 18
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How old are you????
Old enough that mom was more worried about "fallout" in snow, than UV from being outside,
and Dr. Spock was not a Star Trek character.
post #11 of 18
Only 52 and my vision has already become really bad.

Sorry, that was a dumb post. I think I wore goggles when I was a little skier. If the kid is not ready to wear goggles though, might not be ready to ski? I'd have no qualms leaving the little whiner in Texas with grandma.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Only 52 and my vision has already become really bad.

Sorry, that was a dumb post. I think I wore goggles when I was a little skier. If the kid is not ready to wear goggles though, might not be ready to ski? I'd have no qualms leaving the little whiner in Texas with grandma.


I know i could see like a hawk, no glasses until 41.

And then my long distance started suffering and I was diagnosed with glaucoma at 41.

My point was simply the effects don't show up until your older!

Remember when Mom used to say turn the light on when you read you are going to screw up your vision and you said, not to worry you could see fine!

I now know why she said that!

to the origianl Op find some transformer or spiderman goggles. My older son had Smith Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle goggles. I couldn't get them off him!
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Only 52 and my vision has already become really bad.

Sorry, that was a dumb post. I think I wore goggles when I was a little skier. If the kid is not ready to wear goggles though, might not be ready to ski? I'd have no qualms leaving the little whiner in Texas with grandma.
you dont ever interact with kids do you?
post #14 of 18
Goggles.


1) sit and read ski magizines each night, starting tomorrow. 5 minutes a night. Point to the cool folks wearing goggles.

2) Show him/her your goggles, wifes etc. Make them envious.

3) If your good......we can get you some.

4) take him/her shopping for them.....(tell the sales person your limit and not to show you anything above that)


This works with my 3 yr old....bike helmet, wrist pads, ski helmet, most of his safety gear.


Lately we have been cutting pages out of SKI....tonight was the letter I for school tomorrow. We cut out an iceburg.
last week was T...tree skiing photo.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Went through it once with his helmet and the quad. Was a if you want to ride you have to wear it thing. After that no problems. Hope this is the same way. Have bought him a decent pair of youth goggle but haven't given them to him yet. So far I've just worn mine around the house a little and let him wear mine off and on, but rarely enough to keep him wanting more.

here's to hoping.
post #16 of 18
If you are so inclined...Christmas gift.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
you dont ever interact with kids do you?
Besides here with you? Yes, I've taught skiing to hundreds of 3-5 year olds.

catdaddyxx, sounds like you are on the right track. I don't think there will be a problem, as you are familiarizing him with the use of googles and ingraining a sense that goggles, like skis and boots are a part of skiing. Don't show him ski poles yet.
post #18 of 18
Interesting. I never had a problem or made an issue of it with either of my boys. We were excited about skiing, they went with us to buy their gear and they wanted all! The whole package. Cool hats, the best race gloves, aero dynamic helmets (maybe not quite but they had to be cool so you could ski fast), Goggles, when you ski that fast down the hill the wind hurts, etc. When you went to the ski hill we all gathered our gear and that was part of it. I think if you don't get out of the car without your goggles you child wouldn't think to. my two cents, it should be fine! My kids would have been more likely to not ski if they had forgotten their goggles and then throw a tantrum to go home and get them.

I hope you have fun with your son, skiing with mine was always a highlight for me and still is, even now that they're 25 and 22. I'll be teaching my granddaughter this year, who just turned 4!
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